- Match report as Wigan Warriors Women defeated at the hands of the Castleford Tigers in Women’s Super League
- Two tries a piece on the day but the Warriors fall just short
- Tries from Thompson and Burrows for Wigan
The Wigan Warriors Women fell to their first league defeat since April, as Castleford Tigers Women put a halt to their seven-game unbeaten run.
The Warriors were first on the scoresheet as an individual effort by Rachel Thompson got the Warriors a foothold in the game, but two converted tries late in the first half from Castleford Tigers Roche and Peach allowed the visitors to go in with the 12-4 advantage at the break. The second half was heavily defensive and it looked as though it could end scoreless as Speakman and Sibbald were held up over the line to deny the Warriors. Burrows did get over for a score in the 78th minute, converted from the touchline by Davis but it was too little too late for the Warriors who fall to their second defeat of the season in the Women’s Super League.
Amanda Wilkinson made two changes to her starting thirteen from the side who faced St Helens, Holly Speakman returned to the side, with Jade Gregory retaining her place on the interchange bench after a solid performance in the derby. Lucy Baggaley also earned a start having not missed a game for the Warriors this season, number 16 Emma Dwyer also coming in at interchange.
The visitors also named a strong team for their visit, with Tara Stanley at full-back, Sinead Peach at hooker and Georgia Roche the starting 13.
Wigan started the game well, asking lots of questions of Castleford. Rachel Thompson went close after a few minutes, but the pass from Harrison in the build up was deemed forward. Wigan did make the breakthrough in the 13th minute though, Amanda Sibbald breaking the line to race away but was stopped in a one-on-one challenge, Rachel Thompson then received the ball to kick through and collect herself to get the score. The touchline conversion from Michelle Davis was just wide but Wigan had the 4-0 lead.
Castleford responded quickly and had back to back sets against the Wigan line, but the Warriors were solid in defence to hold Castleford up over the line on two occasions, before a kick on the last was held well by Goodburn to take Wigan out of danger. Wigan were working really well down the left edge, Rachel Thompson and Amanda Sibbald linking up on a number of occasions but the chances coming to nothing for the Warriors. Castleford got themselves ahead for the first time in the match in the 30th minute, a pass intercepted by Georgia Roche who just had to add the legs to go over, successfully converted by Tara Stanley to put Castleford 6-4 up. The tigers were in again just four minutes later, this time Sinead Peach the scorer, evading the attempted tackle from the Wigan line to get the ball down, the extras added again by Stanley to make it 12-4 to the visitors on the half time hooter.
It was a slower start to the second half for both sides as defensive efforts were ramped up. Wigan went closest as good link up play by Davis and Speakman resulted in the Wigan number 12 being held up over the line and Castleford survived. Lacey Owen then threatened Wigan with a blistering run through but her offload was straight to Hall and the Warriors had the let off. Wigan went close again in the 56th minute, Amanda Sibbald powering her way towards the line but the referee called the effort as held up and the Warriors couldn’t get the breakthrough. Becky Greenfield looked to get Wigan a breakthrough in the 65th minute, the full back seeing a gap and going for it but Tara Stanley caught her high and the Castleford captain was sent to the sin bin. The Warriors continued to press with the one-player advantage but the Tigers were equal to the danger and put everything into their defence to deny the Warriors. Alison Burrows got over in the 78th minute after good press from the Warriors forced the ball free to feed the winger, the effort was converted by Davis from the touchline but it was to be only a consolation for Wigan as they fell to their first league defeat since April. Wigan Warriors Women 10-12 Castleford Tigers Women
Wigan Warriors Women - 10 Tries: Thompson, Burrows Goals: Davis 1/2
Castleford Tigers Women - 12 Tries: Roche, Peach Goals: Stanley 2/2
Wigan Warriors Women: 1. Rebecca Greenfield, 20. Alison Burrows, 3. Rachel Thompson, 4. Georgia Wilson, 5. Michelle Davis, 6. Gemma Walsh, 9. Charlotte Foley, 19. Hannah Goodburn, 26. Claire Hall, 23. Lucy Baggaley, 25. Amanda Sibbald, 12. Holly Speakman, 7. Sarah Harrison
Interchange: 10. Joanie Aspin, 15. Gemma Hennessey, 16. Emma Dwyer, 22. Jade Gregory-Haselden Castleford Tigers Women: 1.Tara Stanley, 2. Courtney Pointon, 3. Kelsey Gentles, 4. Maisie Burton, 5. Alex Wallace, 6. Lucy Eastwood, 7. Olivia Grace, 8. Grace Field, 9. Sinead Peach, 10. Emma Lumley, 11. Lacey Owen, 12. Tamsin Renouf, 13. Georgia Roche
Interchange: 14. Beth Weir, 15. Jasmine Cudjoe, 16. Jasmine Rowley, 17. Sam Jordan